As you might know, we love a clean Scandinavian look. Yet, a space without a vintage element or something with a story is just a room to us. We want to take you back to our ode to the second hand rocking chair to share our most important piece of styling advice.
November 2015 – Style is so subjective. Style is so personal. The best style is one that developed over time.
Over time I have collected items that I fell in love with. They fitted perfectly in my life at that point in time.
Recently a friend told me that she had seen our second hand wooden rocking chair in six different places over time and it’s true. The Piet Hein Eek rocking chair that we bought for Jack’s nursery has worked his way down and is now in our living room. Same old piece of furniture, different function, different styling, exceptional sentimental value.
Designing your home doesn’t mean buying a complete package in one store, it’s a process which take time.
At Live Loud Girl we all have a different style, based on mixed and matched items. We do agree at the same styling advice: give your home some space to grow. Move things around, add some new pieces and make space for personal items which grow on you. Because the best homes are the ones that tell your personal story.
Milan is known for her design, fashion and style. Not to mention the beautiful food you can get on every street corner.
We had the chance to get totally inspired by the city and the designers of the Salone del Mobile and recharge by having some of the best meals of this year and we will happily share our finds with you.
At 10 CORSO COMO design, interior, fashion and food comes together. This is the first concept store in the world and it is still a frontrunner. The amazing location and courtyard make it a must visit. If you are here for some real Italian style shopping you can eat your heart out or do literally that in the restaurant.
Address: Corso Como 10
THE RAW STORE is one of the places where we just want to sit and have a coffee. The styling of this store is so inspirational and exotic that we could not pass by. The beautiful items make us greedy too.
Address: Via Palermo 1
DEL TONGO Even though we are not really into kitchen design, we could not stop ourselves from wondering if our domestic side would flourish if we would have a kitchen from Del Tongo. These super sleek designs made us a little bit jealous.
Address: Via Solferino 22
We need architecture like this in Dubai, or actually anywhere. Bosco Verticale is the name of an innovative high rise building in the upcoming neighbourhood Isola designed by Boeli Studio. Although it is a residential block, it is worth to go and take a look.
Find it here
ANEMA E COZZE Our first Italian lunch was a good one. We stumbled upon Anema e Cozze in Brera where we went all out on pizza and pasta. A large fresh fish selection welcomes you at the door but they have much more then that. Besides the good food, Brera is a perfect location to spend the afternoon.
Address: Via Palermo 11
N’OMBRA DE VIN For who wants to have the choice of a good glass of Italian wine, do have dinner at N’ombra de Vin in Brera. Food is served in small portions to share but make sure you leave room for desert (that you might not want to share). The ambiance is fantastic and if you are lucky you might have some live music too.
Address: Via S. Marco 2
THE BOTANICAL CLUB If you want to try some experimental fine dining, The Botanical Club of Milano is the place to be. Since they have their own small batch Gin distillery, this is the place to have the perfect G&T. The interior of this restaurant is hugely inspiring. It is where exceptional food and style come together.
Address: Via Pastrengo 11
Some time off also gives us the opportunity to look back over the past year and all the amazing projects that we had the chance to do. In a series of Way Back Wednesdays, we want to share a few older projects with you that still put a smile on our face.
The summer holiday might be the perfect time to take on a little styling project. Last February we redid the curtains in the boys room with a DIY and we would like to share it with you again.
February 2016 – The dip dye trend reminds us of the DIY t-shirts that we made in the late ’80’s. Back then, we certainly did not have the patience and approach (not to mention style) that we have developed over the years to make a piece of cloth dipped in a big bowl of paint look good.
Recently we came across this trend again and decided to give it another try. This time not on our old white tee but on the curtains in the boys room. We thought they could use a funked up version to add a bit of boho to their overall crisp Scandi room.
Although our style has hopefully changed, the method of dip dye has not. It’s easy but does require the right materials.
You will need
- Your curtains (we used linen, Ikea)
- Fabric dye
- Rubber gloves (if you don’t want your hands to end up matching the curtains)
- Stick or old wooden spoon
- Big bucket
Wet the curtains and leave them damp.
Dissolve the dye in water (see the instructions on the packaging)
Fill the bucket with approximately 6 liters of warm water and place it somewhere safe (as it can stain) and stir in the vinegar and the dye. Stir well.
Place the curtain on a chair next to the bucket and carefully and evenly dip the lower edge of the curtain into the bucket. Dip as far in as you require the color to reach.
If you like a subtle shaded effect, dip in a bit more fabric every 10 minutes. If you want a good contrast, just leave the first part in for a longer period of time. The colour will be darkest on those areas of the curtain that have been in contact with the dye for longest.
Check to see if you are happy with the result. Then take out the fabric and rinse with cold water. Wash as normal in warm water to remove any excess dye.
Let the curtains dry completely, just not directly in the sun.